International Trade

  • May 2, 2016

    Fed. Circ. Says Gov’t Unfairly Left Carbon Duties In Place

    The Federal Circuit rebuked the U.S. Department of Commerce on Monday for using old financial data to impose anti-dumping duties on a Chinese activated carbon maker despite having blocked it from presenting new data, calling the agency’s methods unreasonable and partly reversing a decision by the U.S. Court of International Trade.

  • May 2, 2016

    Chinese Exporter Calls Its Off-Road Tire Duty Unsupported

    A Chinese exporter off-road tires asked the U.S. Court of International Trade on Monday to order the U.S. Department of Commerce to revisit the final results of an antidumping administrative review issued last month, arguing it received a dumping margin unsupported by evidence.

  • May 2, 2016

    US Raises Questions About Honduran Food Safety Laws

    The Obama administration on Monday praised Honduras for its commitment to free trade and global engagement, but also expressed some discontent over the lack of transparency in the Central American nation's food safety rules, suggesting that those measures may be used as a trade barrier.

  • May 2, 2016

    Curtis Opens New Geneva Office For Trade, Tax, Arbitration

    Curtis Mallet-Prevost Colt & Mosle LLP will open an office in Geneva later this month to cater to international tax and investment management clients and establish a presence in a city that is a frequent venue for international trade and arbitral disputes.

  • May 2, 2016

    US, EU Officials Scramble To Defend TTIP Amid New Leaks

    Government leaders in the U.S. and European Union mounted a forceful defense of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership on Monday after a series of purported leaked documents fueled new criticisms about the accord's impact on environmental policy and other sensitive areas.

  • May 2, 2016

    Export-Import Bank Must Pay Shipment Backer

    A Washington, D.C., federal judge has sided with a lender seeking an insurance payout from the Export-Import Bank of the United States, saying the creditor made a valid claim for payment after an exporter it had backed received no money from customers in Mexico to whom the exporter had shipped truckloads of frozen food.

  • May 2, 2016

    Nvidia, Samsung Drop Patent Fight Ahead Of ITC Decision

    Nvidia Corp. and Samsung Electronics Co. agreed to settle an ongoing patent dispute Monday, just hours before the U.S. International Trade Commission was set to announce its final decision in an infringement case Samsung had brought against Nvidia.

  • May 2, 2016

    Treasury Plays It Safe On Currency Despite New Tools

    The U.S. Treasury Department has once again declined to officially label China or any other nation as a currency manipulator despite a bevy of new resources embedded in legislation passed earlier this year to beef up the agency’s monitoring of international exchange rates.

  • April 29, 2016

    More Jawbone Patents Ineligible Under Alice, ITC Judge Rules

    A U.S. International Trade Commission judge ruled Thursday that two Jawbone patents covered ineligible subject matter under the high court's Alice decision, dealing the fitness device maker another blow in its ongoing feud with rival Fitbit Inc.

  • April 29, 2016

    Chinese Exporters Protest Off-Road Tire Duties

    Two Chinese exporters of off-road tires urged the U.S. Court of International Trade on Friday to compel the U.S. Department of Commerce to reconsider the final results of an antidumping administrative review issued by agency in April, arguing that Commerce’s determinations were unfair.

  • April 29, 2016

    ITC Finds Imported Dental Implants Flouted Nobel Patents

    The International Trade Commission on Friday said that a dental supply company and its U.S. subsidiary imported dental implants that infringe on patents held by Nobel Biocare Services, prohibiting future entry of the products into the U.S.

  • April 29, 2016

    Lumber Liquidators To End Securities Suit Over China Imports

    Lumber Liquidators Holdings Inc. told a Virginia federal judge Thursday it has reached an agreement with shareholders to end a consolidated suit alleging the company misled investors regarding its importation of cheap products that used illegally harvested wood from China.

  • April 29, 2016

    Pryor Cashman Adds NY White Collar, Securities Partner

    Pryor Cashman LLP’s white collar defense and investigations group has added a former WilmerHale partner who has experience in securities law and Foreign Corrupt Practices Act compliance and has represented clients ranging from J.P. Morgan to Tishman Construction.

  • April 29, 2016

    USTR Finalizes New AGOA Petition Process

    The U.S. Trade Representative’s office has finalized a rule establishing a new petition process to review the eligibility of countries for preferential tariff treatment under the African Growth and Opportunity Act, according to a notice in the Federal Register Friday.

  • April 29, 2016

    Law360's Cheat Sheet On WTO Aircraft Subsidies Fight

    As the World Trade Organization prepares to issue its latest decisions in the long-running civil aircraft subsidy battle between the U.S. and the European Union, Law360 looks back at the dispute's history and offers a glimpse of what lies ahead for the largest and most complex case in WTO history.

  • April 29, 2016

    Glut Of Chinese Steel Prompts EU To Scrutinize Imports

    The European Commission said Friday that most steel imports into the EU will soon be subject to increased monitoring requirements that would give policymakers more data to confront a wave of cheap steel that it says threatens to undermine domestic producers.

  • April 29, 2016

    Alere Refuses Abbott Bid To Back Out Of $5.8B Merger

    Alere Inc. said Thursday that its board of directors rejected a request by Abbott Laboratories, which expressed concerns about the diagnostic services provider’s pending foreign bribery probe and delays with its annual report, to terminate their proposed $5.8 billion tie-up.

  • April 29, 2016

    Chinese Cos. Say US Imposed Unfair Crawdad Meat Duties

    Four Chinese crawdad exporters sued the federal government on Thursday in the U.S. Court of International Trade, saying the Commerce Department’s decision to compare them to a South African crawdad producer instead of two Thai producers resulted in unfair anti-dumping duties being imposed.

  • April 28, 2016

    US, Sri Lanka Ink Deal To Boost 2-Way Trade

    The United States and Sri Lanka on Thursday adopted a joint plan to boost trade and investment between the two countries, according to a release from the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative.

  • April 28, 2016

    CIT Upholds Another Ironing Board Duty After 3 Remands

    Three weeks after upholding a 72 percent anti-dumping duty on ironing boards from one Chinese exporter, the U.S. Court of International Trade backed up another split-the-baby tariff decision by the U.S. Department of Commerce that was opposed by both American industry and the company facing the duty.

Expert Analysis

  • 3 Ways Cybersecurity Law In China Is About To Change

    Timothy Stratford

    China’s draft cybersecurity law — which the government is aiming to enact later this year — could have long-lasting impacts on multinationals in the areas of data localization, cross-border data transfer, and security reviews of network products and services, say Timothy Stratford and Yan Luo of Covington & Burling LLP.

  • Forced Labor Loophole Closed, Fashion Brands Beware

    Elizabeth G. Kurpis

    The recent abolishment of the “consumptive demand” exemption in the Tariff Act of 1930 has made it harder for companies to import goods that may have been made with forced labor — which raises unique considerations for the fashion industry, says Elizabeth Kurpis at Mintz Levin Cohn Ferris Glovsky & Popeo PC.

  • OPINION: Engaging The Media May Help Your Client

    Liz Mair

    While I am confident that the decisions in Windsor and Obergefell were made on the basis of the dictates of the Constitution, I am also confident that the communications efforts undertaken gave the justices additional comfort to make the right call, and ensured that these decisions were not treated as a Roe v. Wade redux, says Liz Mair, former online communications director for the Republican National Committee and president of Mair Strategies.

  • Using The New Federal Rules To Rein In Discovery

    Martin J. Healy

    The 2015 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure present a fertile opportunity for defendants to leverage the rules' renewed focus on reasonableness and proportionality to rein in rampant discovery abuse. Courts' application of the amended rules has already shown promise in this regard, say Martin Healy and Joseph Fanning of Sedgwick LLP.

  • Dentons: A New Kind Of Network?

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    Dentons is two different law firm networks in one. So even if the Swiss verein structure should eventually fail and Dentons is forced to operate as a network of independent law firms, it could still be a significant market force, says Mark A. Cohen, a recovering civil trial lawyer and the founder of Legal Mosaic LLC.

  • Compromise In Congress Over Bipartisan Energy Reform

    Henry A. Terhune

    The Energy Policy Modernization Act was recently approved by the U.S. Senate, and although it contains some potentially controversial provisions, the bill reflects significant bipartisan cooperation that has been somewhat rare in Congress in recent years, especially with respect to energy and environmental policy, say attorneys at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP.

  • New North Korean Sanctions: Ratcheting Up The Pressure

    Nicholas J. Spiliotes

    The world — including the U.S., EU and China — has recently increased sanctions against North Korea in response to the regime’s aggressive behavior. These sanctions are more expansive and seem more likely to be strictly enforced than in the past, which could result in restrictions on businesses that had not previously been affected, say attorneys at Morrison & Foerster LLP.

  • In Congress: Trade, Privacy, Fiscal Year 2017

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    Before both chambers adjourn at the end of this week, the Senate will continue working its way through fiscal year 2017 appropriations bills, with final consideration of the Energy and Water bill expected Tuesday. The House will tackle a number of legislative items, including several related to trade and business practices. Richard Hertling and Kaitlyn McClure of Covington & Burling LLP share the weekly congressional snapshot.

  • Avoiding The Pitfalls Of Researching Attorneys In PACER

    Brian Howard

    While PACER is a powerful tool for gaining information, practitioners should keep in mind that certain flaws often cause lawyers to be omitted from cases they’ve worked on or to show up associated with the wrong firm. These errors build up across aggregate records, tainting any conclusions drawn from such data — often to a surprising extent, according to Brian Howard, a legal data scientist at Lex Machina.

  • A Review Of Gov't Cases Against Execs In Q1

    Kirby Behre

    In this article, attorneys with Miller & Chevalier Chtd. highlight the most significant cases and government investigations that affected corporate executives in the first three months of 2016.